VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 1 September 2013: Obama’s handling of Syria crisis revives Bibi’s hopes of bombing Iran

1 September 2013  — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Federal investigation finds no merit in claims of ‘anti-Semitism’ at California universities
IMEMC – After pro-Palestinian groups at several schools within the University of California system were accused of ‘anti-Semitism’, the U.S. Department of Education launched an investigation. This week, they released the findings of their months-long investigation, announcing that the accusations of anti-Semitism were without merit, and that the accusations may have been attempts to stifle free speech on campus. …

Army Uproots Lands To Build Settlement Units In Salfit
IMEMC – Local sources in Salfit district, in the central part of the West Bank, have reported that Israeli bulldozers uprooted Palestinians lands, west of Salfit, in preparation for building new units in Leshim illegal settlement. …

Tel Aviv Claims Uncovering A Hamas Cell
IMEMC – The Israeli Internal Security Service (Shin Bet) claimed it managed to uncover Hamas cell, and arrested its members, allegedly for planning to use explosives to detonate a mall in occupied Jerusalem. …

Israel Prepared A Plan For 3800 Units In West Bank Settlements
IMEMC – The National Center for Studies and Documentation, run by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), issued a study revealing that Israel prepared a plan for constructing 3800 units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, and in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Egypt Detonates Five Border Tunnels
IMEMC – The Egyptian army detonated on Saturday evening [August 31 2013] five siege-busting tunnels across the Gaza-Egypt border area. …

Ahrar: “Soldiers Killed Six, Kidnaped 250 in August”
IMEMC – The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights has published its monthly report on Israeli violations in the occupied territories revealing that six Palestinians have been killed by Israeli military fire in August, while more the 250 Palestinians were kidnapped. …

Ma’an News

5 injured in clashes near Ramallah
9/1/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Five Palestinians were injured Sunday in clashes with Israeli forces near Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah. Clashes erupted when young men and teenagers tried to stop Israeli settlers from Beit El settlement throwing stones at Palestinian cars near the camp, a Ma’an reporter said. Israeli forces arrived and fired rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians, the reporter said….

Egypt army plans buffer zone along Gaza border
9/1/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egypt plans to impose a 500-meter buffer zone along its border with the Gaza Strip, a senior Egyptian military official said Sunday. Egyptian residents living in Saladin, al-Barahmeh, Canada, Brazil, al-Sarsouriya and other neighborhoods close to the Gaza border have received eviction notices. Homeowners who received eviction orders demonstrated against the decision and burned tires in protest. The army has….

Israeli forces detain 6 across West Bank
9/1/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained six Palestinians in the West Bank overnight Saturday, locals and Israel’s army said. An Israeli force of 150 soldiers and 22 military vehicles raided Beit Ummar, witnesses said. Rashid Awad, 18, was detained after being blindfolded by Israeli troops together with his brother Issa, 23. An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an that six people….

Palestinian factions oppose military action in Syria
9/1/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian political factions said Saturday that they oppose foreign intervention in Syria.”Whatever the circumstances or reasons, we reject any external aggression on Syria and any other Arab country,” PA minister of endowment and religious affairs Mahmoud al-Habash said.”Any foreign interference in Arab countries is a new colonization, and will not solve problems but make it more difficult and complicated….

Jerusalem prisoner ends hunger strike, family says
9/1/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for over three months ended his protest action this week. Hussam Matar, 30, ended his strike action on Thursday, having refused food since June 1. Matar’s wife told Ma’an that Israel’s prison authority had responded to some of the Jerusalem prisoner’s demands, including reviewing his sentence and allowing private visits. [END]

Dozens protest against Hebron settler house
9/1/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians on Sunday protested outside a home in Hebron occupied by settlers. People gathered outside of a property belonging to the al-Rajabi family and demanded that settlers leave the premises. The Israeli high court is due to hold a session on Monday to decide the fate of the property, which has been disputed for years. Representatives from national and….

Israeli forces reopen Hebron road
9/1/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday reopened a road south of Hebron, Palestinian liaison officials said. Israel opened the al-Harayeq gate in July for eight hours daily, ending a 12-year-closure. It will open 24-hours a day from Sunday, Palestinian military liaison official Abdul-Kashif Tamimi told Ma’an. [END]

Netanyahu says Israel ready for any scenario in Syria
9/1/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel was prepared for “every possible scenario” in neighboring Syria after US President Barack Obama postponed a threatened missile strike.”Israel is calm and sure of itself, the citizens of Israel know that we are prepared for every possible scenario,” he told ministers at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, in remarks broadcast on….

Hamdallah expects 2nd release of veteran prisoners in September
9/1/2013 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Sunday that Israel may release more veteran Palestinian prisoners by the end of September.”It is possible that the second batch of pre-Oslo prisoners will be released before the end of this month,” Hamdallah said during a tour of Salfit. Israel has agreed to release a total of 104 prisoners, most of who were jailed….

Teachers’ union threatens strike action
9/1/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The teachers’ union on Sunday threatened to take “unprecedented action” unless the Palestinian Authority responded to its’ demands. Ahmad Suhweil, secretary-general of the union, told Ma’an that the union has given the PA until Wednesday to implement their demands.”In the case that this doesn’t happen the union will escalate its actions to include all….

Hamdallah: PA to pay salaries by Tuesday
9/1/2013 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority will pay August salaries to government employees by Tuesday, caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Sunday. Hamdallah said public sector wages would be paid within 48 hours during a visit to Salfit in the northern West Bank. Hamdallah and Health Minister Jawad Awad were welcomed by Salfit governor Issam Abu Baker. Awad added that the health ministry would….

Gaza singer’s Arab Idol win gives Palestinians a voice
9/1/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — “Congratulations, Assaf! You’ve made Gaza and Palestine lift their heads up high,” crowed 14-year-old Diana Shams as a young Gazan singer won the popular Arab Idol talent show, sparking rapturous celebrations across Palestine.”This is one of the best moments of our lives,” she beamed after watching 23-year-old Mohammed Assaf crowned victor on giant screens at a beach-front….

5 killed in Nazareth shooting attack
9/1/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A fifty-year-old man from the Palestinian village of Daburiyya, east of Nazareth, on Sunday shot dead his wife and two of his daughters before committing suicide, Israeli police said. Israeli police said the unidentified man, who was going through a divorce, arrived at a retirement home where his wife worked at around 7. 30 a. m. and shot his wife and….

Boy, 4, run over and killed near Hebron
9/1/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 4-year-old boy was run over and killed in Dura village near Hebron on Sunday, medics said. Muntather Muneib Abu Arkoub was crossing the road when he was hit by a car. Police have opened an investigation. Meanwhile, a teenager died Sunday of wounds sustained in a car accident south of Nablus five days earlier. [END]

US Congress to debate Syria strike week of Sept 9

9/1/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US Congress will begin to debate a possible military strike against Syria during the week beginning September 9, the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives said Saturday.”We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria,” House Speaker John Boehner and other senior lawmakers said, in a statement issued shortly after President Barack Obama said he….

Obama puts Syria strike on hold
9/1/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama has postponed threatened missile strikes against Syria in a risky gamble that he can win more support for his plan to punish Bashar Assad’s regime. To general surprise, the US leader broke with decades of precedent to announce that he would seek approval from Congress for action against Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons. This effectively….

Egypt forces arrest leader of Al-Qaeda group in Sinai
9/1/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian forces on Saturday arrested the commander of an Al-Qaeda-linked group in the Sinai peninsula, officials said. A senior Egyptian official told Ma’an that Muhammad Ibrahim, 40, was appointed as the leader of Al-Qaeda in Sinai after escaping from prison following the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Ibrahim, also known as Adel Habbara, was driving a truck from Rafah to El-Arish….

Egyptian forces deploy around Suez Canal
9/1/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian forces deployed along the Suez Canal on Saturday after an alleged terrorist attack was thwarted, Egyptian military sources said. Forces supported by armored vehicles and Apache helicopters deployed on both sides of the canal, military officials told Ma’an. The head of the Suez Canal Authority said a container ship in the Suez Canal was the target of a….

NGO: More than 110,000 dead in Syria conflict
9/1/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — More than 110,000 people have died in the conflict in Syria since March 2011, a rights watchdog said Sunday, days after alleged gas attacks near Damascus shocked the world. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the toll since the beginning of the 29-month uprising now stands at 110,371 people, with at least 40,146 civilians killed including nearly 4,000 women and more….

Kerry: Sarin gas used in Damascus attack
9/1/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States has proof sarin gas was used in a Damascus attack, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday, as he urged Congress to vote for military action against the Syrian regime. Hair and blood samples given to the United States from emergency workers on the scene of last month’s attack in the Syrian capital have showed signs of the….

Assad: Syria capable of facing ‘any external aggression’
9/1/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad remained defiant Sunday after his US counterpart Barack Obama decided to seek congressional approval for a military strike, reiterating his country was ready for any intervention.”Syria. . . is capable of facing up to any external aggression just as it faces up to internal aggression every day, in the form of terrorist groups and those that support them,” he said….

Saudi FM urges Arabs to back Syria opposition on strikes
9/1/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal on Sunday urged Arab countries to back calls by the Syrian opposition for strikes on the Damascus regime, ahead of an Arab League meeting on Syria. Arab states must echo demands by the “legitimate” representatives of the Syrian people for “help from the international community to put an end to the bloodbath” in Syria, he said, referring to….

Egypt expels 3 foreign freelancers working for Al-Jazeera
9/1/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt on Sunday expelled three foreign journalists working as freelancers for Al-Jazeera television’s English channel, the state news agency MENA reported. Airport security officials, quoted by MENA, said the three men left on a flight to London. Correspondent Wayne Haye, a New Zealander, South African cameraman Adil Bradlow and Irish producer Russ Finn were arrested last Tuesday while covering the political….

Copt killed by suspected Islamists in Egypt’s Sinai
9/1/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Suspected Islamists on Sunday shot dead a Coptic Christian man in Egypt’s restive Sinai peninsula where several extremist groups operate, security sources told AFP. Hani Samir Kamel, 37, was attacked in el-Arish, the regional capital of North Sinai, where security forces have been battling a semi-insurgency since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s military ouster on July 3. The assailants fled….

Iran: US interests under threat if Syria attacked
9/1/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — A senior Iranian official warned in Damascus on Sunday that US interests in the region would be at risk if Washington launched a military strike against his country’s ally Syria. Iranian officials have issued stern warnings against US-led military action targeting Syria and the latest came from the chairman of the foreign policy committee of Iran’s parliament.”I hope….

UN: Ban presses for faster chemical weapons result
9/1/2013 – NEW YORK (AFP) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday pressed UN chemical weapons inspectors to speed up their verdict on a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, his spokesman said. Samples collected in Syria will start to be sent to European laboratories from Monday. The UN also revealed that two Syrian government officials are observing the handling of evidence collected during a UN investigation….

The National

Time to end tragedy in Syria, Arab League told
The National 1 Sep 2013 – Arab foreign ministers hold heated discussions on the use of international force in Syria at a meeting overshadowed by Barack Obama’s decision to delay striking the Assad regime.

Upset child? Send for Etihad’s Flying Nanny
The National 1 Sep 2013 – Keeping children entertained on a long-haul flight is a tough task but Etihad Airways have come up with a new approach ¿ they are training cabin staff in how to keep younger passengers entertained and aim to have 500 flying by the end of the year, as Rym Ghazal reports

The UAE’s Mohammed bin Zayed visits Cairo
The National 1 Sep 2013 – High-level visit underscoring support for Egypt’s interim government and the deep ties between the two nations hailed as a milestone. Alice Fordham reports from Cairo 

Congressional approval rarely sought by US presidents
The National 1 Sep 2013 – President Barack Obama’s decision to seek authorisation from Congress before striking Syria is a rare example of the White House ceding ground to the legislative branch of government.

Sharjah building code: New structures to be earthquake-proof
The National 1 Sep 2013 – New regulations have been updated to ensure structures in the emirate are as safe as possible.

New software to alert UAE parents to cyberbullying
The National 1 Sep 2013 – Xraydata.com wanted to introduce the service in the UAE first because the country liked to set standards and trends.

French unease about Syrian strikes Hollande’s greatest test
The National 1 Sep 2013 – François Hollande could face the deepest crisis of his troubled French presidency if he commits his country to an alliance with the United States in the use of force against Syria’s Assad regime. Colin Randall reports 

Tributes pour in for British broadcaster David Frost
The National 1 Sep 2013 – The master of the television interview who famously coaxed an apology for Watergate from the disgraced US president, Richard Nixon, has died suddenly at the age of 74.

Egypt expels 3 Al Jazeera journalists
The National 1 Sep 2013 – Correspondent Wayne Haye, a New Zealander, South African cameraman Adil Bradlow and Irish producer Russ Finn were arrested last Tuesday while covering the political crisis in Egypt.

New licensing law for UAE transport firms
The National 1 Sep 2013 – Companies will be charged varying amounts for each vehicle depending on what it carries, with tough penalties for those who fail to pay

Data is fuel for successful smart government, says expert at GCC meeting
The National 1 Sep 2013 – Data fuel for continued success

Abu Dhabi British school’s ‘illegal’ charges spark parent rage
The National 1 Sep 2013 – Adec has ordered the school to refund money to parents following its unauthorised fee hike and additional charges.

People are the wealth of the UAE, says RAK Ruler
The National 1 Sep 2013 – Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi spoke about his interest in promoting science and education, and supporting educational institutions to achieve a leap in leading educational progress in the UAE.

Dubai’s smart plan for 24-hour access to government services
The National 1 Sep 2013 – The project aims to have all departments available online within the next two years.

US$100 million gift for UAE-backed projects in Pakistan
The National 1 Sep 2013 – Abu Dhabi Fund for Development boosts Pakistan projects with $100 million gift.

Lebanon shows resilience, despite the spillover from Syria’s war
The National 1 Sep 2013 – Syria’s civil war has arrived in Lebanon. The question is only what the Lebanese make of it and the extent of violence that must pass before they acknowledge that they might have a crisis on their hands. Bradley Hope reports from Beirut 

A brighter future for the houbara, thanks to the UAE
The National 1 Sep 2013 – The houbara bustards, part of an ongoing rehabilitation project by the International Fund for Houbara Conservation, were released in the Emirates and the protected areas of Kuwait, Qatar and Yemen.

Man denies consuming drugs despite blood sample showing traces of hashish
The National 1 Sep 2013 – The lawyer questioned if the blood sample that tested positive was really her client’s.

Good news for high-flying Emiratis
The National 1 Sep 2013 – The General Civil Aviation Authority has been keen on developing an integrated programme of Emiratisation since 1998, resulting in 100 per cent Emiratisation of managerial positions and the recruitment of 30 UAE nationals as air-traffic controllers.

Al Ain begins ambitious building plans
The National 1 Sep 2013 – The Municipality is implementing infrastructure plans as part of its five-year strategic vision.


BBC journalist David Frost dies at 74
Ha’aretz – 1 Sep 2013

Don’t be fooled, Netanyahu is selling Israel down the river
Ha’aretz – 1 Sep 2013

Gas-mask distribution centers double as polling stations
Ha’aretz – 31 Aug 2013

Attack already, Obama, we want to like you for a change
Ha’aretz – 31 Aug 2013

A military action aimed at proving that Obama is a man of his word
Ha’aretz – 31 Aug 2013

‘Moral superpower’? Give me a break
Ha’aretz – 31 Aug 2013

U.S. intervention in Syria – humanitarian action or a new imperialism?
Ha’aretz – 31 Aug 2013

Jerusalem Post

US reroutes aircraft carrier for possible help with Syria
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – USS Nimitz carrier group heading west towards Red Sea, possibly toward the Mediterranean in anticipation of strike. 

Analysis: Gulf states, rebel allies likely to wait before acting on Syria
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Saudi intelligence assessments based on how American strikes will turn the tide, says Gulf expert. 

Wanted: A Marshall Plan for Egypt
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – What happens next in the land of the Nile will largely depend on the economy. 

Merchants at Jerusalem’s Mamilla Mall react with shock at foiled Rosh Hashana terrorist plot
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – “This mall is meant to have Arabs and Jews together to work and shop, so it’s scary that this was planned here,” says local saleswoman. 

People without TV digital converters exempt from broadcasting license fee
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Those entitled to exemptions and who had paid the fee over the past two years would receive a rebate. 

Egypt’s Morsi to stand trial on charges of ‘inciting killing and thuggery’
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – 14 other Brotherhood members to also face charges of incitement to murder. 

White House tells Congress to deter Iran with Syria war vote
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Fresh laboratory tests of blood and hair samples test positive for sarin gas, Kerry says; believes Congress will authorize strike. 

Gas mask madness abates after Obama Syria delay
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – The scene was similar to any large Israeli post office on a busy day, unlike the frantic chaos at distribution centers last week. 

Female rabbinical court advocate added to committee for election of rabbinical judges
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Dr. Rachel Levmore will serve on the committee pursuant to a new law that guarantees 4 out of 11 spots for women. 

Comptroller blasts state for defective gas mask distribution
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Shapira also criticizes the “Nativ” aliya program for not following its mandate including targeting people with no right to aliya. 

Hamas slams Egyptian plan to create buffer zone with Gaza
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Egyptians protest after homes demolished to create buffer zone; Hamas official says Egyptian move could “solidify the blockade.” 

About half of Israelis will have to cut down on holiday shopping this year, survey says
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Report reveals that religious and ultra-Orthodox participants are more likely to make cuts than their secular counterparts. 

Kerry: Tests prove sarin gas used in Syrian chemical attack
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Fresh laboratory tests of blood and hair samples test positive for gas; Kerry hopes Congress will “do what is right,” authorize force. 

Ex-Iranian president Rafsanjani says Syria government behind chemical attack
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Ally of current Iranian President Rouhani issues remarks which break with Iranian line that rebels behind chemical attacks. 

Assad: American threats of attack on Syria will not stop our fight against US-backed terrorists
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Syrian president meets with Iranian officials, vows Syria “capable of confronting any external aggression”; Syrian Deputy FM says Obama showed “hesitation and confusion” in backtracking on immediate action. 

Pope asks other faiths to join in prayers for peace in Syria
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Francis issues a long, impassioned appeal for peace in Syria and across the Middle East. 

‘Proud’ Netanyahu congratulates satellite developers for successful launch
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Amos IV launched Saturday night from Kazakhstan, will service Russia and Mideast. 

Syrian state-run media derides Obama’s Congress request as US ‘retreat’
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Comments appear in front-page editorial in official Syrian newspaper. 

Galilee man goes on murderous rampage, kills 4 before committing suicide
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – 48-year-old man from Dabburiya murders ex-wife, two daughters and a bystander before turning gun on himself. 

Weak world response on Syria boosts chance of strong Israeli action on Iran
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – This will not instill confidence in Israeli leaders that they can count on the world when it comes to Iran and its nuclear capabilities. 


[Uruknet 100612 02-sep-2013 00:46 ECT] Military Resistance 11H23 No Objective
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – …It is a lamentable disgrace that sections of the left have abandoned Syria and those seeking democracy to a deadly dictatorship which they deem to be a lesser evil. Ironically you can see the influence of…

[Uruknet 100611 02-sep-2013 00:40 ECT] The Dead Sea: Turning Occupation Into Profits
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – Israel s total control of the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea is depriving the Palestinian economy of income and jobs, while bringing in big profits for the occupation.Like many visitors to Palestine, I wished to swim…

[Uruknet 100610 02-sep-2013 00:34 ECT] Palestinian youth shot with live
ammunition dies

Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – -A Palestinian teen shot by Israeli forces with live ammunition during a night raid on Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank last week died of his wounds, Defence for Children International Palestine sources confirmed today….

[Uruknet 100609 01-sep-2013 23:59 ECT] King, Obama, and the Inner Core of Despotism
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – …It is ironic and shameful that Barack Obama keeps a bust of King in the White House s oval office to watch over his regular betrayal of the martyred peace and justice leader s ideals. Consistent…

[Uruknet 100608 01-sep-2013 23:55 ECT] Syrian voices on Syria
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 -Since the Syria war began over two years ago, we have been seeking voices of the civil resistance within Syria, which supports a democratic and secular future for the country. Although marginalized by utterly ruthless armed actors…

[Uruknet 100607 01-sep-2013 23:52 ECT] What Is America s Code of Morality?
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality. – US Secretary of state, John Kerry. John Kerry is correct. The massacre in Syria was…

[Uruknet 100606 01-sep-2013 23:38 ECT] We Stand Behind the Syrian People s Revolution – No to Foreign Intervention
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – …This unfortunate situation has also struck a major section of the traditional Arab left with Stalinist roots, whether in Syria itself or in Lebanon, Egypt, and the rest of the Arab region-and worldwide-which is clearly biased…

[Uruknet 100605 01-sep-2013 23:29 ECT] Supporting the Hunger Striking Prisoners
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 -It was the forty-eighth day of the Prisoners Hunger Strike. Thirty thousand inmates of prisons throughout California had launched a mass hunger strike, probably the largest in history, to oppose cruel and unusual punishments, such as the…

[Uruknet 100604 01-sep-2013 23:20 ECT] Pakistan to protest US drone attacks at UN
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – Pakistan will lodge a formal protest in the U.N. General Assembly session next month over the U.S. drone attacks in the country, an official said.The U.S. attacks violate Pakistan s sovereignty and international laws, Sartaj Aziz,…

[Uruknet 100603 01-sep-2013 22:58 ECT] Israel s plans will leave Palestinians little
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks beginning in Jerusalem proceed within a framework of assumptions that merits careful thought. One prevailing assumption is that there are two options: either a two-state settlement will be reached, or there will…

[Uruknet 100602 01-sep-2013 22:44 ECT] Iraq protesters rally against MP benefits
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 -Thousands of protesters in and around Baghdad and southern Iraq have railed against lawmakers lavish benefits, despite heavy security measures that kept many away, particularly in the capital. Demonstrators criticised lawmakers retirement benefits in particular, which amount…

[Uruknet 100601 01-sep-2013 22:25 ECT] Gaza s own ark will export Palestinian goods
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013- In 2007, Israel strengthened its occupation of Palestine by placing the Gaza Strip under a siege, restricting the movement of people and goods in and out of the enclave. By denying the population in Gaza direct access…

[Uruknet 100599 01-sep-2013 17:09 ECT] Budget Documents Detail Extent of U.S. Cyberoperations
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013- Newly disclosed budget documents for America s intelligence agencies show how aggressively the United States is now conducting offensive cyberoperations against other nations, even as the Obama administration protests attacks on American computer networks by China, Iran…

[Uruknet 100598 01-sep-2013 17:06 ECT] Pakistan condemns US spy plane attack in North Waziristan
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – Pakistan on Saturday condemned the US drone strike in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in the strongest of words, Geo News reported. At least four people were killed in the attack on a compound in the village…

[Uruknet 100597 01-sep-2013 16:36 ECT] Obama s Syria strategy
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – President Barack Obama is staking his Syria strategy – and maybe more – on an unlikely ally: Congress. Facing public ambivalence and a possible revolt on Capitol Hill over his plans to launch military strikes against…

[Uruknet 100596 01-sep-2013 15:25 ECT] Israeli firm lying to Norway that it no longer builds settlements on Palestinian land
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – Last week, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance revoked the exclusion of the firm Africa Israel Investments Ltd. and its subsidiary Danya Cebus Ltd. from the Norway state pension fund based on Africa Israel s claim that…

[Uruknet 100594 01-sep-2013 15:16 ECT] New Snowden revelation details vast US intelligence “black budget”
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 -Friday saw yet another exposure of closely guarded US government secrets by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, as the Washington Post published an extensive budget report covering an array of US intelligence agencies. The $52.6 billion budget published by…

[Uruknet 100593 01-sep-2013 15:06 ECT] Ahmad, Palestinian refugee from Syria: “I feel we are double refugees”
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – Palestinian refugees fleeing the violence in Syria have been refused entry into Lebanon for three weeks now.Since 6 August, according to Human Rights Watch, the Lebanese government has turned back Palestinians who had originally sought refuge…

[Uruknet 100592 01-sep-2013 15:04 ECT] On-going resistance in Bil in: six protesters including one child injured
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – On Friday 30th August 2013, six citizens were injured in the demonstration. Four were shot with plastic coated steel bullets in the foot, thigh, groin and abdomen respectively. Two were shot with teargas canisters, one of…

[Uruknet 100591 01-sep-2013 14:53 ECT] No Falasteen for you! Shin Bet banned me from Israel for 10 years 
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – “Do you think we are some kind of joke? Do you think you can start over with us?”The Shin Bet officer looks at me across his desk, his eyes seeming to pop through his glasses like…

[Uruknet 100589 01-sep-2013 14:23 ECT] Syria News – August 30, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 30, 2013 – By the end of Friday the cordination committees were able to document 72 martyrs includings 4 women, 9 children; 2 under torture: 21 Martyrs in Damascus and its suburbs; 17 in Idlib; 15 in Hama; 10…

[Uruknet 100588 01-sep-2013 14:17 ECT] Harsh Criticism of Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 30, 2013- A Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) position paper offered straight talk on what s ongoing. It did so responsibly. PHROC s a 12 Palestinian human rights organization coalition. It s polar opposite US/Israeli policy. It supports…

[Uruknet 100587 01-sep-2013 14:04 ECT] Jerusalem s Silwan kids without classrooms
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 30, 2013 -The new school year began in Jerusalem this week, like many places throughout the world. When the pupils of East Jerusalem s Silwan Primary School arrived to class on the first day of school, however, the school…

[Uruknet 100586 01-sep-2013 13:04 ECT] NY Times Gasses its Own People, re: Syria
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 30, 2013 – … I d never underestimate the horror of chemical weapons (a.k.a. WMD). Rather, I ll shine a light on the “the scale” of the hypocrisy….The only nation ever to use nuclear weapons is still using them, only…

[Uruknet 100585 01-sep-2013 12:07 ECT] Why did the IDF assassinate two Palestinian journalists?
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 30, 2013 – The Israeli army still refuses to comment on several incidents in which journalists affiliated with Hamas, but with no connection to military activities, were targeted. In response to an inquiry by an Israeli journalist, an IDF…

[Uruknet 100584 01-sep-2013 12:04 ECT] UK MoD releases two presentations on British drones to Drone Wars UK
Relief Web 1 Sep 2013 – August 30, 2013 – We have received today two presentations, delivered by senior military officers at the Unmanned Aerial Systems UK Conference in June 2012, released in response to our Freedom of Information request. Regular readers may remember that this…

Daily Star

India’s Gandhi expected in U.S. for medical check-up -media
Daily Star 1 Sep 2013 Sonia Gandhi, president of the ruling Congress party, is expected to fly to the United States for a scheduled medical check-up, a news agency report saiad, just days after she took ill during a marathon parliament…

Egypt’s Mursi to stand trial over violence
Daily Star 1 Sep 2013 Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi is to stand trial on charges of committing and inciting violence, a state prosecutor decided on Sunday, an escalation of the army-backed authorities’ crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood.

Saudis back international intervention against Assad
Daily Star 1 Sep 2013 Saudi Arabia told fellow Arab League states on Sunday that opposing international intervention against the Syrian government would only encourage Damascus to use weapons of mass destruction.

Palestinian meeting with Israeli lawmakers delayed
Daily Star 1 Sep 2013 Israeli and Palestinian officials say a planned meeting between lawmakers and the Palestinian president has been postponed.

Police block Istanbul’s Gezi Park as peace protests erupt
Daily Star 1 Sep 2013 Turkish police Sunday blocked the entrance to Istanbul’s Gezi Park, the epicentre of anti-government protests in June, to prevent a demonstration against a possible military intervention in Syria.

US interests under threat if Syria attacked: Iran
Daily Star 1 Sep 2013 A senior Iranian official warned in Damascus on Sunday that US interests in the region would be at risk if Washington launched a military strike against his country’s ally Syria.

UN asks for accelerated testing of Syria samples
Daily Star 1 Sep 2013 The United Nations has asked the head of its chemical weapons inspection team to expedite the analysis of tests from samples collected from Syria last week, the world organization’s top spokesman said Sunday.

Ban presses for faster chemical weapons result: UN
Daily Star 1 Sep 2013 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday pressed UN chemical weapons inspectors to speed up their verdict on a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, his spokesman said.

Saudi Arabia says it backs U.S. strikes if Syrian people do
Daily Star 1 Sep 2013 Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it was time for the world to do everything it could to prevent aggression against the Syrian people, and that it would back a U.S. strike on Syria if the Syrian…

Lebanon patriarch rejects military action in Syria
Daily Star 1 Sep 2013 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai rejects any military action against Syria in remarks following his meeting with Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch John X Yazigi.

YNet News

Jordan to diminish tasks of military court 
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Iranian exiles report deaths in Iraq camp 
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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef taken to hospital for second time on Sunday
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Arab states urge international action against Syrian gov’t
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Syria: At least 26 killed in violence near Damascus, Daraa
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Arab MKs missed their chance
YNet News, 1 Sep 2013 – Op-ed: Leaders of Arab-Israeli community should have been among first to demand international intervention in Syria ….

Palestinian Information Center

Assad must be eliminated, not just hurt
PIC – Most Arabs are strongly against the imposition by the West of unelected regimes, however, we believe that the international community has an absolute moral obligation to stop genocidal regimes.

Families of two detained children appeal to UNICEF to intervene
PIC – The families of two Palestinian children detained in Israeli occupation jails appealed to UNICEF to intervene and demand their release in order for them to join their schools.

Egyptian army imposing buffer zone in Rafah
PIC – The Egyptian army decided to impose a buffer zone along the borders with Gaza Strip and ordered inhabitants of the Egyptian Rafah city to evacuate their homes that are close to the borders.

Dozens of settlers storm Aqsa esplanades
PIC – Dozens of Jewish settlers stormed the Aqsa Mosque’s esplanades on Sunday morning amidst tight Israeli police measures.

IOF kidnap two young men from their homes in Beit Ummar town
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday kidnapped two young men from their homes and clashed with other citizens during a violent campaign in Beit Ummar town near Al-Khalil city.

Report: Israel approved plans to build 3,800 housing units last August
PIC – Abdullah Hourani center for studies and documentation said that the Israeli occupation authority had prepared plans during last August to build 3,800 housing units in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

IOA bulldozes land in Salfit to build new settlement
PIC – Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) unleashed bulldozers in western Salfit on Sunday to pave the land for the construction of a new settlement.

Popular committee calls for reopening Mintar crossing
PIC – The popular committee against the siege has called for re-opening the Mintar (Karni) crossing to the east of Gaza city for the entry of construction materials.

Abu Zuhri refutes Egyptian claims of involvement in Sinai events
PIC – Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, has denied that elements of his movement were involved in the Sinai events.

Tension running high in Askalan jail
PIC – Tension is still running high in Askalan jail after Israeli jailors escalated their forced entry into wards and rooms damaging personal property of prisoners.


Newspaper Review: US Strike Against Syria Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 1 Sep 2013

Clashes Erupt near Hebron
WAFA – 1 Sep 2013

PEX Report: Al-Quds Up
WAFA – 1 Sep 2013


Low-key Swede in spotlight of Syria chemical attack inquiry
LA Times 1 Sep 2013 – Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, like Hans Blix a decade ago in Iraq, is leading a high-profile U.N. investigation of reports of illicit weapons. Unlike Blix, he dislikes the limelight. STOCKHOLM — At the center of the debate about whether the Syrian government has used chemical…

President Obama’s U-turn on Syria is a gamble
LA Times 31 Aug 2013 – Decision to seek Congress’ approval for a strike on Syria over its suspected use of chemical weapons is a surprising surrender of presumed executive authority. WASHINGTON — As often happens at the end of a busy day, President Obama took a quiet walk Friday night…

Obama to seek Congress’ support for strike against Syria
LA Times 31 Aug 2013 – President Obama says he has made up his mind to attack Syria but that his position would be stronger with congressional backing. That sets up a potentially long and difficult debate. WASHINGTON — President Obama abruptly announced that he would seek approval from a polarized…

Overseas Concern Follows Obama’s New Approach to Syria
New York Times 1 Sep 2013 – Some question whether President Obama’s decision to have Congress weigh in on military action against Syria could undermine his leadership. 

Obama Seeks Approval by Congress for Strike in Syria
New York Times 31 Aug 2013 – President Obama abruptly changed course by asking lawmakers, who are not due to return to town for more than a week, to give him authorization before he launches a limited military strike against Syria. 

Text of President Obama’s Remarks on Syria
New York Times 31 Aug 2013 – President Obama said on Saturday that he would seek Congressional approval for a strike on Syria. 

JT Capital deposits $7.7m for Clal Insurance
Globes Main News – This is in addition to the $20 million that JT Capital deposited with the trustee when the sale agreement was signed on August 20.

State Comptroller to review gas mask distribution
Globes Main News – Joseph Shapira has asked State Control Committee chairman MK Amnon Cohen to hold an urgent meeting on the matter.

Sun: Oil Refineries leads TASE gains
Globes Main News – Oil Refineries powered ahead for the largest gain on the Tel Aviv 25 index but Teva fell back on the largest turnover.

ISS conflict of interests over Israel Chemicals executive pay
Globes Main News – An investigation by “Globes” found that ISS Proxy Advisory Services has an added interest in Israel Chemicals, which hired ISS subsidiary ISS Corporate Services (ICS) to draw up its executive compensation plan.

Leumi opposes Israel Corp exec salaries
Globes Main News – Bank Leumi is uncomfortable with the executive compensation at the company, even though the bank’s two directors on Israel Corp’s board joined in the unanimous vote in favor of it.

Taub Center: Israeli productivity falling behind OECD rivals 
Globes Macro Economics – Even countries with severe economic difficulties, such as Greece and Italy, have higher productivity than Israel.

Excellence: BoI restrictions won’t cool real estate market 
Globes Macro Economics – Excellence predicts that rising housing prices will boost rent, as they move in tandem.

Cabinet approves Dorit Salinger as capital market supervisor 
Globes Macro Economics – Salinger will succeed Prof. Oded Sarig, who has served in the post since January 2010.

Lapid urges Israel to remain strong and democratic in 5774 
Globes Macro Economics – Finance Minister: We choose an Israel, where the dialogue is of tolerance and common purpose, but includes disagreements.

Amos 4 satellite launched 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The communications satellite was built by Israel Aerospace Industries for Spacecom Satellite Communications.

Dubious Intelligence and Iran Blackmail: How Israel is driving the US to war in Syria
Mondoweiss – President Barack Obama’s August 31 announcement that he would seek congressional authorization to strike Syria has complicated an aggressive Israeli campaign to render a US attack inevitable. While the Israelis are far from the only force in bringing the US to the brink of war –…

Former Bush official: Syria resolution could authorize attack on Iran and Lebanon
Mondoweiss – Former Bush official Jack Goldsmith: (Photo: U.S. Naval War College/Wikimedia Commons) A former legal official from the Bush administration has warned that the text of President Barack Obama’s resolution authorizing the use of military force on Syria is so broad that it could justify attacks on…

Jeffrey Goldberg assails NYT’s David Kirkpatrick for describing Israeli attitude as ‘ugly’
Mondoweiss – The other day, Jodi Rudoren did an excellent piece on the degree to which Israelis regard the bloodshed and tumult in their Arab neighborhood as good news, because it makes the conflict in Israel/Palestine look like small potatoes. Chemical weapons in Syria and slaughter in Egypt…

Shalev: Lobby will stand up for Israel’s ‘national interest’ in Syria, never mind ‘Walt and Mearsheimer-style attacks’
Mondoweiss – We can all agree that yesterday was an extraordinary spectacle. Obama’s opening to Congress was a show of weakness, in Andrea Mitchell’s apprehensive response, or the beginning of a grand correction about American power and the American role. And great forces will contend on either side….

Outrage over non-accountability for Iraq disaster fuels opposition to Syrian intervention
Mondoweiss – I believe that the Syrian question has a strong and important domestic political dimension: defeating and isolating the neoconservatives and liberal interventionists, at last effecting some accountability for the Iraq disaster. Patrick Cockburn in the Independent makes the same calculation: What is curious about the past…

Bar Refaeli Flirts WIth Simon Cowell for ‘X-Factor’ 
The Foward Breaking News 1 Sep 2013 – Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has turned her flirt on Simon Cowell, the creator of “X-Factor,” in a new clip ahead of Israeli version’s release. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ephraim Mirvis Takes Reins as British Chief Rabbi 
The Foward Breaking News 1 Sep 2013 – Britain’s new chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, who has vowed to remain traditional by barring women rabbis and same-sex marriage, was sworn in on Sunday to face the challenge of uniting the nation’s polarised Jewish community. Click here for the rest of the article…

Botticelli 15th-Century Fresco Heads to Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 1 Sep 2013 – Italy is giving Israel a Rosh Hashanah present – the loan of a masterpiece by the 15th century Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. Click here for the rest of the article…

Netanyahu Says Israel Can Stand on Own Against Syria 
The Foward Breaking News 1 Sep 2013 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played up Israel’s ability to take on its enemies alone on Sunday after Washington delayed attacking Syria in a surprise move that prompted some Israelis to question their main ally’s resolve on Iran. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sudan: U.S Calls On Sudan to Condemn Syria’s Chemical Attack – Khartoum Warns Against Military Intervention 
allAfrica.com 1 Sep 2013 – [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Saturday condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria against innocent civilians and expressing regret for the loss of lives that resulted.

Egypt: Egypt and the Syrian Crisis 
allAfrica.com 1 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]With every passing day, Syria slips more into an abyss, which not only reflects on its people but also affects the entire Middle East region.

Egypt to try ex-President Morsi 
BBC 1 Sep 2013 – Egypt’s state prosecutor says ousted President Mohammed Morsi will stand trial on charges of inciting the murder of protesters while in office last year.

Deadly clashes at Iran exile camp 
BBC 1 Sep 2013 – Violence erupts at an Iraqi camp for dissident Iranians, who blame Iraqi forces for the reported deaths of dozens of residents.

Smoke and trash || Palestinian town left reeking due to bureaucratic gap 
Sabbah report 1 Sep 2013 – Smoke and trash Palestinian town left reeking due to bureaucratic gap In an unusual display of environmental sensitivity, Israel’s Civil Administration shut down El Bireh’s landfill; the city responds by emptying its garbage trucks around town. Read More: Smoke and trash || Palestinian town left reeking due…

Former Bush administration official: Israel may be behind use of chemical arms in Syria 
Sabbah report 1 Sep 2013 – http://sabbah.in/14PNXce Read More: Former Bush administration official: Israel may be behind use of chemical arms in Syria . Sign up for our free newsletter!

Holocaust, Hate Speech and Were the Germans so Stupid? – Updated [Must Watch] 
Sabbah report 1 Sep 2013 – As the world approaches the brink of a new Middle East conflict this time involving Syria, clearly at the behind-the-scenes behest of the Zionist Apartheid Jewish State of Israel, it is imperative that we learn as much as we can about the anomalies regarding some aspects…

Assad vows to confront US attack 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Sep 2013 – Syrian refugees arrive in Turkey at the Cilvegozu crossing gate of Reyhanli, in Hatay, on 31 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic) President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday Syria was capable of confronting any external attack after US President Barack Obama vowed to strike Syria. “…

UN says 800 killed in Iraq over August 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Sep 2013 – About 800 Iraqis were killed in August, the United Nations said on Sunday, condemning a wave of violence in the country that has reached levels not seen since 2008. Most of the 804 killed were civilians, targeted in shootings and bombings mainly claimed by the Iraqi…

Explosions rock Iranian exile camp in Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Sep 2013 – Explosions were reported in a camp housing Iranian exiles northeast of Baghdad on Sunday, but Iraqi officials strongly denied allegations they had carried out an attack. The People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, about 100 of whose members are living on the camp near the
Iranian border,…

Activists try to burn down Saudi religious police station 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Sep 2013 – Activists tried to set fire to a religious police station west of the Saudi capital Riyadh in an “intentional” attack, causing no casualties, local media reported on Sunday. The notorious body, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, is charged with ensuring…

Syria’s opposition “disappointed” over delay in US attack 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Sep 2013 – People demonstrate against a US-led strike on Syria in downtown Los Angeles on 31 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joe Klamar) Syria’s main opposition bloc said Sunday it was disappointed with US President Barack Obama’s decision to seek approval from Congress to launch strike against the…

US ‘has evidence of Syrian sarin use’ 
BBC 1 Sep 2013 – The United States has evidence that the chemical nerve agent sarin was used in a deadly attack in Damascus last month, Secretary of State John Kerry says.

Egypt to try ex-President Morsi 
BBC 1 Sep 2013 – Egypt’s state prosecutor says ousted President Mohammed Morsi will stand trial on charges of inciting the murder of protesters while in office last year.

Deadly clashes at Iran exile camp 
BBC 1 Sep 2013 – Violence erupts at an Iraqi camp for dissident Iranians, who blame Iraqi forces for the reported deaths of dozens of residents.

Attack on Suez Canal ship ‘foiled’ 
BBC 1 Sep 2013 – Egyptian officials say they have foiled an attack on a container ship which was aimed at disrupting shipping in the strategic Suez Canal.

VIDEO: Iraq protests over politicians’ pay 
BBC 1 Sep 2013 – Thousands of Iraqis have been demonstrating against what they say are excessive privileges and benefits enjoyed by members of parliament.


’No Falasteen for you!’ Shin Bet banned me from Israel for 10 years 
Anna Lekas Miller, +972 Magazine 8/31/2013
My suspicious ethnic identity coupled with my criticisms of Israel were enough to get me banned from Israel and more importantly, barred from being able to tell stories from the West Bank.’
“Do you think we are some kind of joke? Do you think you can start over with us?”
The Shin Bet officer looks at me across his desk, his eyes seeming to pop through his glasses like I was some kind of insolent teenager cum social pariah. I straightened my posture and tried to smile, although my eyes probably expressed more disgust than anything else.
It isn’t the first time I’ve been interrogated at Ben Gurion International Airport. The first time I flew into Israel was to volunteer and work as a freelance journalist in the West Bank. I was told by my potential colleagues to lie at the port of entry—as the Israeli Border Control is notorious for deporting anyone who claims that their purpose of visit is to see or do business in the West Bank. I learned the hard way if you’re Arab-American or even look Palestinian—like me—you are held and interrogated until you reveal your true intentions.
However, this time the purpose of my visit was not to go to the West Bank—it was to attend a conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. The conference is the Media in Conflicts Seminar (MICS) sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center at Herziliya. I later learned that it is a project conceived and funded by StandWithUS, an Israel advocacy group, aimed at targeting foreign journalists to improve Israel’s image in the wake of bad press surrounding Operation Cast Lead.
I knew that there was potential for propaganda at the conference. It was conceived to better Israel’s image…. more.. e-mail

Obama and global intifada 
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD, Desert Peace 9/1/2013
It is not difficult to understand the power-game being played in Syria and no decent human being should stand on the sideline in a conflict that will shape the future of our humanity. The global intifada (uprising) is spreading and it is rejecting war and hegemony and now even President Obama is reeling under pressure. It is an earthquake that is shaking the very foundation of post-WWII world order (what used to be referred to mistakenly as “the American century” when it was really the Zionist century). The British, French and American public long exposed to Zionist propaganda have joined the revolution. Politicians started to panic especially after the British parliament voted against war. This was the first major and stunning defeat to the US/Israel hegemony of British politics since WWII.
US President Obama was stuck after the British vote and the clear solid position of Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Russia, China and even overwhelming public opposion in the US despite the attempt to whip frenzy by Israel media stooges like Wolf Blitzer of CNN. Obama was also stunned by what his own intelligence services told him about potential repercussions of a military strike on Syria especially without UN mandate and without US public support. These repercussions included presence of strong defensive and offensive capabilities in Syria. There was intelligence leaks about downed “test” incursion. But repercussions discussed include strengthening rather than weakening Iran (after all, this is what happened after Iraq!). President Obama spent countless hours talking with his Zionist and non-Zionist advisers and key government officials (there are no anti-Zionists in his group). Faced with no good option in trying to maintain Israel/US hegemony, Obama decided not to decide and shift the debate to Congress to buy time. Now it is up to the American people who overwhelmingly reject war on Syria to stand up and pressure the Israeli-occupied US congress to do what is good for US citizens not what they perceive to be good for Zionism. The Russian president spoke of a number of key points that he called “common sense” while Obama just lied…. more.. e-mail

Israel’s plans will leave Palestinians little 
Noam Chomsky, Al-Ahram Weekly 8/28/2013
Far from being committed to a revival of the peace process, Israel intends to carry forward its current policies with full US support.
The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks beginning in Jerusalem proceed within a framework of assumptions that merits careful thought.
One prevailing assumption is that there are two options: either a two-state settlement will be reached, or there will be a “shift to a nearly inevitable outcome of the one remaining reality — a state ‘from the sea to the river’,” an outcome posing “an immediate existential threat of the erasure of the identity of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state” because of what is termed “the demographic problem,” a future Palestinian majority in the single state.
This particular formulation is by former Israeli Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Chief Yuval Diskin, but the basic assumptions are near universal in political commentary and schola
rship. They are, however, crucially incomplete. There is a third option, the most realistic one: Israel will carry forward its current policies with full US economic, military, and diplomatic support, sprinkled with some mild phrases of disapproval.

The policies are quite clear. Their roots go back to the 1967 war and they have been pursued with particular dedication since the Oslo Accords of September 1993. The accords determined that Gaza and the West Bank are an indivisible territorial entity. Israel and the US moved at once to separate them, which means that any autonomy Palestinians might gain in the West Bank will have no direct access to the outside world.
A second step was to carry forward the creation of a vastly expanded Greater Jerusalem, incorporating it within Israel, as its capital. This is in direct violation of UN Security Council orders…. more.. e-mail

Obama’s handling of Syria crisis revives Bibi’s hopes of bombing Iran 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 9/1/2013
And this time, it’s hard to see who will be able to stop him. 
Netanyahu hasn’t said anything publicly, but the consensus here is that the lesson he’s taking from Obama’s refusal to bomb Syria straight away, and instead to turn to Congress for approval, is that the U.S. president can’t be trusted to keep his word about preventing Iran from going nuclear – so he, Netanyahu, must prepare to carry out the task alone. And the consensus seems to be that this is the correct conclusion, too. 
“Netanyahu was right when he sought to act [against Iran in the past] on his own. No others will do the job,” wrote Yedioth Ahronoth columnist Yoaz Hendel, who used to be the PM’s hasbara chief. 
Herb Keinon, the Jerusalem Post’s pro-government diplomatic correspondent, wrote:
“The lack of a strong international response in the face of rows and rows of gassed bodies wrapped eerily in white shrouds just 220 kilometers from Jerusalem might not compel Israel to take action against Assad, but it surely may compel it to think twice about relying on the world to rid it of the Iranian nuclear menace.”
Even Haaretz’s liberal military affairs reporter Amos Harel seems to see the wisdom in this view:
“The theory that the U.S. will come to Israel’s aid at the last minute, and attack Iran to lift the nuclear threat, seems less and less likely. … With the U.S. administration’s year of hesitancy since Assad first deployed chemical weapons, American difficulty in building an international coalition for a strike in Syria, and [U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin] Dempsey’s excuses, it’s no wonder that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is becoming increasingly persuaded that no one will come to his aid if Iran suddenly announces that it is beginning to enrich uranium to 90 percent.” more.. e-mail

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